Ban the application pesticides and herbicides in Strathcona Community
  • Petitioned City of Calgary, Ward 6 - Alderman Richard Pootmans

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City of Calgary, Ward 6 - Alderman Richard Pootmans

Ban the application pesticides and herbicides in Strathcona Community

    1. Jocelynn Rodrigues
    2. Petition by

      Jocelynn Rodrigues

      Calgary, Canada

Coming home to Calgary, feels great, but then I see these warning signs all around my neighborhood at each park, about herbicide application...it breaks my heart and makes me feel apprehensive about going outside. The saddest, most alarming part is, these parks are primarily populated with kids...these little, innocent, lungs-still-in-development-stage kids, who are getting the first hand effects of chemical applications...all for what? For an "aesthetically" pleasing green space. I also wonder who decided that is what we strive for because, in fact, weeds of all kinds are an important part of soil health, helping to bring the required nutrients to the soil and helping it thrive. 

Applying these known toxins to our parks puts all of our health at risk, no matter where we live in this world.

We as a community need to stand up for what is right. More importantly, these parks are where our kids play, sitting in the grass, touching it, smelling it, eating it...everything curious kids do, these parks and grasses should not be full of toxic chemicals!

These kids, whose lungs are still in development stage, and whose skin is like a sponge, absorbing everything it comes in contact with, deserve to have clean air and a chemical free playing ground, as do we, parents, community members, and individuals, alike.

Moreover the application is harmful to the amazing wildlife we are so fortunate enough to see in our own backyards, and our own pets, too. It endangers their health and continued application of these substances could eliminate wildlife from our communities.

Please sign this petition to prevent our parks from becoming a toxic play area, and keep our community happy and healthy.

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. cbc radio interview

      Jocelynn Rodrigues
      Petition Organizer

      Have a listen! cbc found the petition and wanted to do an interview - the desire to ban is stronger than we think - let's do this! http://www.cbc.ca/homestretch/episode/2012/08/02/spraying-herbicides/

    2. Be free

      Jocelynn Rodrigues
      Petition Organizer

      Awesome video about going cide free!

    3. Glyphosate Found in Human Urine

      Jocelynn Rodrigues
      Petition Organizer

      "Glyphosate (N-(phosphonomethyl)glycine) is a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide used to kill weeds, especially annual broadleaf weeds and grasses known to compete with commercial crops grown around the globe. Initially patented and sold by Monsanto Company in the 1970s under the tradename Roundup, its US patent expired in 2000. Glyphosate is the most used herbicide in the US"

      "According to an article in German in the Ithaca journal, a German university study has found significant concentrations of glyphosate in the urine samples of city dwellers. The analysis of the urine samples apparently found that all had concentrations of glyphosate at 5 to 20-fold the limit for drinking water. As well as being used increasingly widely in food production, glyphosate-based weedkillers often also get sprayed onto railway lines, urban pavements and roadsides."

      Seriously.. this stuff needs to be banned!

    4. Reached 50 signatures
    5. Past article from when the ban to all of Calgary was being considered

      Jocelynn Rodrigues
      Petition Organizer

      Really shows the impacts this can have, and that there are citizens who support a ban - lets bring back the ban!!

    6. Reached 10 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Melissa Centofanti CALGARY, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      I am concerned about the health of those with compromised immune systems. I am concerned about children. A few less chemicals to worry about in our chemically overloaded world.

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    • Mark Wonneck CALGARY, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      Pesticide use in the city poses unnecessary risks to people and the environment. There are lots of alternative approaches that could be used without the associated risks and with community and social benefits. Further, most weeds are simply early successional plants (thrive under disturbance) and can readily be suppressed through management for healthy vegetation communities. Alien invasives require special approaches, but in the city context do not require pesticides at all.

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    • David Wilson CALGARY, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      Let's stop harming humans and other forms of life. While looking for a cure for cancer, let's start decreasing one of the reasons people get cancer in the first place. Say yes to no pesticides and herbicides. Say yes to a healthy future.

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    • Jessica Swain CALGARY, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      I am an urban beekeeper trying to do my part for the pollibator population and want my hive and my communities to stay healthy. Pesticides and herbicides are not a healthy addition to our communities.

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